Jon Niese 8 (Baron)

Jon Niese pitched 4 innings, on target for April 6 start

Jon Niese threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowed three hits, while walking one batter and striking out three, with 57 pitches in a minor-league game on Thursday.

He threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session earlier this week, one week after getting a cortisone shot in his left elbow.

Niese said he is scheduled to throw in a minor-league game on April 1, start the season on the disabled list and make his first regular season start on April 6.

He hyperextended his elbow during a game in mid-March, as well as had an MRI on his shoulder earlier this spring. He missed several starts last season as a result of a torn rotator cuff.




15 comments
Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Shoulder tendinitis, hyperextended elbow... What's next? This guy has ZERO durability. Since he has come up, he has put together exactly 1 season (2012) where he neither spent a significant amount of time on the DL nor where he lost all steam & stamina come September. Even that one year where he did what was expected of a professional athlete wasn't great at all; it could be defined as a very pedestrian season (13-9, 3.40 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 105 K, 190.1 IP). Out of the 5 starting pitchers breaking camp in the rotation (Gee, Wheeler, Daisuke, Colon, Niese), I see only Niese & Wheeler having a future with this team beyond 2014, but Niese just cannot be relied on. Bill Parcells famously said, "You are what your record says you are." That quote has been repeated & used in all different facets of competitive, professional sports. Using that as a guide, Niese is nothing more than an average pitcher. Going into 2014, Niese is 43-40, 3.99 ERA, 1.376 WHIP, 575 K, 704 IP. That screams average, pedestrian, journeyman pitcher. The only reason why I chose him over Gee as having a future with the Mets beyond 2014 is because Niese is a lefty & he is under contract through 2016 with very reasonable team options for 2017 & 2018 ($10 million with $500 K buyout, and $10.5 million with $500 K buyout, respectively). It's unfortunate, but it is imperative that the Mets have a lefty to break-up all of the righties they will have starting next season (Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero). The only way I see him on another team is if Steve Matz flies through the minors, stays healthy, and shows that he can be the mid-rotation lefty the Mets need. When that time comes, Niese isn't a terrible #5 pitcher, but the Mets cannot rely too much on him in the interim. Thus far he has shown himself to be an unreliable, back-end starter & I don't expect anything to change this year. With the injuries already piling up for him, it is only a matter of time before he hits the DL with a mysterious ailment & is MIA for a month or two.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Why do I get the feeling that waiting for Niese to stay healthy is like waiting for Godot?


ponzies86
ponzies86

I think soon Niese should be moved to the Pen, Once Noah and Montero comes up along with DeGrom

slainte2
slainte2

what was neise's velocity?

eaburkard
eaburkard

@SNYtv The Mets need to play Lergarus more then anybody with the last name young.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@mikesml No because we've heard Niese is ready to go more than once this Spring and another issue has popped up. Plus if Mejia pitches well in his 1st big league start he may just keep the gig for now and it would be worthwhile insurance to have Dice K around at AAA for the 1st couple months when the Mets wouldn't want to call up one of the kids yet if they need another SP.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@mikesml No. The $100K paid for the right to send Dice-K to Las Vegas to start the season. I think that is the most likely scenario unless Mejia's bunion flares up.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Niese is here to stay because he is under contract thru 2016 & is the only lefty in the rotation. It's going to be Gee who is turned into a long reliever or traded.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@ponzies86  They're not going to pay Niese $10-11M to pitch out of the bullpen. He either sticks with the team as a starter or gets traded.